5 Natural Ways to Hide Premature Gray Hair

· August 30, 2016
The liquid from black walnuts can darken premature gray hair and give your locks a lasting feeling of softness. But remember to repeat it every other day!

Gray hair is one of the most feared aesthetic problems for women, especially when it comes to premature gray hair.

While it’s an inevitable sign of aging, it can begin as early as age 30, either thanks to constant stress, the use of certain chemicals, or genetic factors. Moreso, in some cases gray hair can even show a predisposition to dangerous health conditions.

Nevertheless, by itself, the appearance of premature gray hair is only a signal of a decrease in the production of melanin, the pigment that’s responsible for giving hair its color.

Although traditional estimations state that “50% of the population at age 50 has 50% or more of gray hair”, this isn’t so true. A  study carried out by L’Oréal´s research team showed that, among a population of 4000 people between 25 and 65 years old, the median gray coverage was 23%. However, for a lot of people (men and women alike) covering those early gray hairs is important. Having premature gray hair allows a lot of people to feel younger and keep their natural color for longer.

Fortunately, there are 100% natural products that allow you to mitigate premature gray hair without subjecting it to aggressive treatments. Today we want to share the top five so you won’t hesitate to try them if you notice a few grays starting to appear. Go ahead!

1. Potato water for premature gray hair

potato water is great for premature gray hair

The water obtained from potato peels is one of the most traditional recipes for nourishing and darkening hair naturally. This liquid contains iron, phosphorus, magnesium, protein and Vitamin A, B and C. These nutrients strengthen your hair while giving it a more intense color. Of course, this will turn your hair from white to blackish brown, so forget about restoring your golden ringlets with this one!

Ingredients

  • The peel from 4 potatoes
  • 2 liters of water

Directions

  • Add the potato peels to a large pot along with the two liters of water.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat for 25 minutes, then wait until it cools to a bearable temperature.
  • Strain off the liquid and set it aside in a glass container for application.

How to use it

  • Rinse your hair as usual and apply the potato water using a gentle massage.
  • You can apply it with a spray bottle for greater ease, then let it sit for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with plenty of water and use this three times a week.

2. Quinine and rosemary

The combination of quinine and rosemary is another interesting way to keep hair pigmented longer. You can use as early as your late 20s or early 30s to prevent the catch any premature gray hairs. The ursolic acid in rosemary helps with scalp circulation, thus promoting hair growth and strength. Moreso, rosemary also has antimicrobial properties, making it a great detoxifying rinse for hair and skin. As with our previous recipe, this one will dye your hair dark, so it isn’t the best for blondes or redheads.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of quinine leaves (30 g)
  • 3 tablespoons of rosemary (30 g)
  • 2 cups of water (500 g)

Directions

  • Bring the water to a boil and add the quinine.
  • Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the rosemary, turn off the heat, and let stand covered for 20 minutes.
  • When it’s cool, strain the liquid and store it in a container.

How to use it

  • Wash your hair with your regular shampoo and apply this preparation as the last rinse. Leave it on without rinsing for even quicker results.
  • Use this at least three times a week.

3. Chamomile and turmeric

turmeric is great for hiding gray hairs for blondes

This simple treatment made with chamomile and turmeric is recommended for women with light brown or blonde hair.

Its properties will not only reduce the appearance of premature gray hair, but also help strengthen hair from the root to the tip due to the turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of chamomile (10 g)
  • 4 tablespoons of ground turmeric (40 g)
  • 2 cups of water (500 ml)

Directions

  • Bring the water to a boil and add the turmeric and chamomile.
  • Turn off the heat and let cool for 20 minutes.

How to use it

  • Use this liquid as your final rinse after you wash your hair.
  • Be sure to massage the scalp well to achieve the best results.
  • Repeat this application two to three times a week.

You might want to read: 6 Medicinal Properties of Chamomile

4. Sage and rosemary

The combination of sage and rosemary is a traditional remedy to prevent premature gray hair, hair loss, and a loss of shine. Both rosemary and sage will tint your hair dark, so if you want to keep your blond strands, go for the turmeric recipe. Nevertheless, both rosemary and sage boast nutrients that stimulate the production of melanin and promote healthy growth.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of sage (30 g)
  • 3 tablespoons of rosemary (30 g)
  • 2 cups of water (500 ml)

Directions

  • Bring the water to a boil, add the sage and rosemary, and lower the heat to a simmer for five minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and cover for 20 minutes.
  • Once it has cooled, strain off the liquid and store it in a spray bottle.

How to use it

  • After rinsing your hair, as usual, separate it into sections and spray this treatment on it.
  • Leave it on without rinsing.
  • Repeat twice daily, at least three times a week.

Visit this article: Rosemary oil for smooth and radiant hair

5. Black walnuts

4 nuts

The liquid from black walnuts can darken gray hair and give your hair a lasting feeling of softness.

Ingredients

  • 8 black walnuts
  • 1 liter of water

Directions

  • Add the water and walnuts to a pot and bring to a boil for 25 minutes.
  • Wait for it to cool and strain the water into a jar.

How to use it

  • Rinse your hair with this liquid and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse and repeat every other day.

Are you ready to try out these solutions? Try the one that catches your eye and you’ll find that you can easily look younger without using any damaging hair dyes.

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